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HOLMES INSTITUTE

FACULTY OF HIGHER EDUCATION

HOLMES INSTITUTE
FACULTY OF HIGHER EDUCATION POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM SUBJECT OUTLINE
HI5014 International Business across Borders Melbourne / Sydney
TRIMESTER 2/ 2014

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Postgraduation Program HI5014 International Business Across Borders

Hong Kong Brisbane Sydney Melbourne

FACULTY OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Holmes Institute Faculty of Higher Education offers business courses that combine discipline-based excellence with practical applications. The faculty operates on campuses in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hong Kong.

The faculty offers a Bachelor of Business, a Bachelor of Professional Accounting, a Master of Professional Accounting, a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Business.

Details about the members of the faculty can be found on the faculty's home page at www.holmes.edu.au

HOLMES INSTITUTE POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS

At Holmes Institute, the Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting programs offer domestic and international students the opportunity to study a set of contemporary subjects in the field of business. These subjects prepare students for the challenges in business environments of the 21st century. These programs emphasize the global and cross-cultural dimensions of business. Teaching utilizes a combination of delivery methods and includes critical analysis and case study methods. A combination of exams, case studies and company analysis are used in assessment.

The Masters programs of Holmes Institute focus on:

? Developing career related capabilities

? Business numeracy and literacy

? Developing managerial proficiency

? Working in the new economy

? Leadership skills

? Entrepreneurship ? Social responsibility and ethics

Welcome from the Subject Coordinator

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Welcome to HI5014 International Business Across Borders. In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of aspects of International Business. Globalization and growing International Trade amongst many different countries have brought many new challenges and opportunities for many new economies and established economies. This subject hopes to bring these new ways of doing business and new questions in the minds of international business leaders and bring lot of discussion and some probable answers to these questions.

The main objective of this subject is to prepare students, learners and managers how to deal with forces affecting international businesses and how to expand successfully in many international markets.

SUBJECT RATIONALE & OBJECTIVES

This subject provides students with a broad introduction to the economics of the international business enterprise. The subject uses a strategic framework that combines theory with practice to explore real-world examples of decision-making about international business. The subject examines the current literature and debates in international business in the context of both macro and micro contexts. Relevant management and strategy literature is discussed in the context of political and economic debates as a means of understanding structural change contexts for both firms and industries operating in an international setting. Market, financial and productivity analysis is used to develop empirically based cases about strategies in international business.

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SUBJECT OBJECTIVES

On completion of this subject, students will have:

An understanding of the role of economic analysis within international business contexts;

An appreciation of the economic underpinnings of business strategy in international settings; An understanding of how various models of competitive analysis can be used to assess strategic

behaviour in international business; An understanding of how to formulate and respond to different competitive scenarios at both the firm

and industry level related to international business.

An understanding of the impact of globalization on managers and organizations;

An understanding of major entry and exit strategies of international business; An understanding of the social, political, economic, technological and cultural forces that influence

decision-making in international business.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes

Item Number

1. An understanding of the impact of globalization on managers and organizations

1 and 7

2. An understanding of national differences in political and culture areas

7

3. An understanding of international business theory and Foreign direct investment

2 to 6

4. An understanding of major entry and exit strategies of international business and Foreign exchange market and International monetary system

3 and 7

5. An understanding of Global operations, supply chain management and Human resource management

1 to 7

SUBJECT ADMINISTRATION

Awards

Duration

Core/Elective

Subject weight

Campus

MBA, GradDip

1 semester

Core

3 credit points

Melb / Syd

Mode of delivery

On campus

Prerequisites

Nil

Workload

Students are expected to attend all classes

Delivery

A weekly three hour class including two hrs lecture and one hr tutorial

Independent study

2 to 4 hrs per week

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CONTACT DETAILS

Subject Coordinator and lecturer in Melbourne

Dr. Alex Kouznetsov

Consultation times

Campus

Melbourne

Monday 9-11AM

Email

akouznetsov@holmes.edu.au

Tuesday 9-11AM

Telephone

613 96622055

Wednesday 9-11AM

* Other times by appointment

Students please note:

Holmes Institute provides each student with a Holmes webmail. Faculty and Administrative staff can only communicate with you using your Holmes Institute mail address.Emails from private and/or business email accounts cannot be used and may not be answered.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

Sydney Lecturer

TBA

TBA

ASSESSMENT TYPE

DUE DATE

WEIGHT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

1. Research Paper 1

Week 7

25%

1,2,3 & 4

2. Research Paper 2

Week 12

25%

5,6 & 7

Final Exam (Closed Book Exam)

Exam week

50%

1 to 7

ASSESSMENT POLICY

To be eligible to pass this subject, students must complete all forms of assessment and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. All assignments must be submitted electronically using a word processor, uploaded to Blackboard via SafeAssign. You must print and attach the full SafeAssign report with the Holmes Institute Cover Sheet to the printed assignment (hard copy).

The assignment cover sheet mustinclude the student’s/students’name/s, HI Student ID/s, subject code and subject name, subject lecturer’s name, assignment due date and timeof submission. All hard copies must be placed in the Assignment Box in the Resource Centre during opening hours.

Submission deadlines are strictly enforced and late submissions incur penalties unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted by the Subject Coordinator. No assessments are accepted after 14 calendar days of the due date. Students are requested to familiarize themselves with the Holmes Institute Assessment Policy at: www.holmes.edu.au/highereducation/assessment.

STANDARD GRADING SYSTEM AND DISTRIBUTION

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GRADE

LETTER

RANGE

High Distinction

HD

80% and above

Distinction

D

70–79%

Credit

CR

60–69%

Pass

P

50–59%

Fail

NN

0-45% (did not meet the standard required according to the learning outcomes in the Subject Guide )

Faculty Pass*

FP

46–49% (awarded by Board of Examiners)

Supplementary Exam Granted (a temporary grade)

NS

Supplementary examination granted

Deferred Exam (a temporary grade)

ND

Officially Deferred examination

Fail

NA

Student did not submit any work according to the schedule in the Subject Guide

Result Withheld

RW

Additional assessment and/or work required

Result Withheld

WH

Outstanding fees or non-return of Holmes Institute materials

* This grade is sometimes referred to as a conceded pass at other institutions

VIEWING STUDENT GRADES

Results including the final grade can be viewed via the Grade Centre on Blackboard. Results for all assessments are published within two weeks of the due date of the assessment and the final examination. Students who wish to appeal their mark for a specific assessment are advised to follow the procedures outlined at www.holmes.edu.au /highereducation/appeals

PLAGIARISM AND ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Holmes Institute views all forms of academic misconduct as most serious offences. Academic misconduct in any form during an examination is not tolerated and will be dealt with according to the policies and procedures set out in the Holmes Institute Student Handbook (see www.holmes.edu.au/highereducation/handbook).

Plagiarism occurs when one usesanother person’s ideasor manner of expressing them and passes them off as one’s ownwork by failing to give appropriate acknowledgement (that is, referencing the source). Any instances of plagiarism will be dealt with promptly (see www.holmes.edu.au/highereducation/handbook).

It is important that students reference their work appropriately. The Faculty of Higher Education at Holmes Institute uses the APA (American Psychological Association) style of referencing. A detailed guide to referencing can be found in the Student Handbook. It is expected that you will be familiar with the APA style of referencing.

USE OF BLACKBOARD

Holmes Institute uses Blackboard as its online teaching platform and all students enrolled have access to Blackboard to access their lecture material, grades, important announcements on their subjects and discussion rooms for selected subjects.

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to check Blackboard on a regular basis.It is expected that students will have viewed lecture materials and additional readings before class. All students are advised to familiarize themselves with the use of Blackboard. Guides to Blackboard are available in the Resource Centre on each campus (see www.holmes.edu.au/highereducation/blackboard). Should you have difficulties accessing

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and/or using Blackboard, please contact your lecturer or the Holmes Institute Blackboard Helpdesk on: bbhelpdesk@holmes.edu.au.

USE OF RESOURCE CENTER AND PROQUEST

For most subjects, students are expected to engage in additional research. Textbooks and teaching materials available in the Resource Centre will be of use here. In addition, current students have access to a range of electronic academic journals via Proquest, which is accessible once you log into Blackboard.

Should you require any assistance with the use of Proquest and/or online research, please contact your lecturer and/or the Resource Centre staff on your campus.

STUDY SKILLS & ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Students who have difficulties with their studies and/or specific forms of assessment should visit online Study Skills on www.holmes.edu.au/highereducation/studyskills. Holmes Institute also offers regular Academic Support, which is free for any student enrolled. See details on www.holmes.edu.au/highereducation/academicsupport.

DETAILED INFORMATION ON SUBJECT ASSESSMENTS

presentation

1. Research Paper 1 Weighting:25%

ASSESSMENT Length/Limit:Maximum of 10 pages; 15 minutes1 Group assignment. DUE WEEK 7

This assignment’s purpose is to perform acountry analysisand assessment of a new emerging market where rapid GDP growth before the 2008 (Global financial crisis) created attractive investment opportunities.

There are two inter-related components of this assignment:

a) Presentation

b) Business Report
You will form groups of3 to 4 students (number negotiated

with the lecturer)

Each group will be required to pick one of the following countries and perform an assessment of its potential and opportunity for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Countries:China, India, Russia, Thailand, Eastern European countries, etc. Country is to be chosen by the group.

Your report must address the following key areas:

? General overview of the country or region

? Political, Economic, Socio-cultural and Technological influences/benefits/ advantages

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? National resource and factor endowments that create competitive advantage

? Foreign currency and exchange influences ? The countries existing trade policies, systems, barriers

and incentives

? Existing levels of Foreign Direct Investment ? Summary and recommendation based on your assessment

You will present the findings of your research topic along with written report inWeek 7 Class.

You will need to cite material from academic texts or articles or official sources, e.g. government reports, and the final report MUST BE WRITTEN IN YOUR OWN WORDS.

The lecturer will provide students with a Guide to Business Writing.

All reports must contain in-text citation and an accurate and complete set of references at the end of the paper.

Your report and presentation will be assessed as follows:

Group Presentation
Report structure, written presentation Executive Summary
Knowledge of concepts and course material Investigative and research skills shown Overall impression of excellence

Written Oral

15 10

TOTAL

25

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2. Research Paper 2

ASSESSMENT

Weighting:25%

Length/Limit:Maximum of 10 page; 15 minutes2 presentation Group assignment. DUE WEEK12

This assignment’s purpose is to perform a written analysis of a real companythat has expanded its operation across borders into foreign/international markets. You may chose a company operating in the country that you studied in Assessment One.

There are two inter-related components of this assignment:

c) Presentation

d) Business Report
You will form groups ofTWO or THREE.

The company you select needs to beapproved by the lecturer by WEEK 8.

For the purposes of this case study you will assume that you are external consultants who have been brought in by the company’s senior executives to report on the business’s international growth strategy, identify any issues and provide quality recommendations for improvement.

Your report must address the following key areas:

? Overview of the company and current operating position

? Review of company’s international competitive strategy

? Existing organisational design structure and control issues

? Entry strategies used to enter other regions/countries ? Operational control, production and distribution/supply

chain management

? Management of Human Resources across borders

? Identify key issues or opportunities for management ? Recommendations to management for improvement

You will need to cite material from academic texts or articles or official sources, e.g. government reports, and the final report MUST BE WRITTEN IN YOUR OWN WORDS.

The lecturer will provide students with a Guide to Business Writing.

All reports must contain in-text citation and complete set of references at the end of the paper.

Postgraduate Program HI5014 International Business Across Borders trimester 2, 2014 Your report and presentation will be assessed as follows:

Group Presentation
Report structure, written presentation Executive Summary
Knowledge of concepts and course material Investigative and research skills shown Overall impression of excellence Appropriate referencing

You will deliver the findings of your research topicin Week 12 along with written report.

Written Presentation

15 10

TOTAL

25

3. Final ExaminationAssessment criteria
Weighting:50%3

ASSESSMENT

Length:

2 hours and 10 minutes

The final examination will be drawn from the material presented in lectures. More detail will be provided during the trimester.

The exam is scheduled during the regular examination period. THIS IS A CLOSED BOOK EXAM

TOTAL

50

Assessment criteria

The following is a guide to the type of work that is expected at each letter grade level:

HDOutstanding work which exhibits sophisticated understanding and critical synthesis, analysis and evaluation of the subject matter. While the work utilizes opinions of others, judgements about the value of the subject matter are made and drawn together in an organized whole. Gaps in the subject matter might also be identified and the implications discussed.

DSubstantial work of high quality, which demonstrates a clear understanding of the subject matter, in which the relationship between the constituent elements are identified clearly and discussed with some level of critical analysis. T he work also applies abstract ideas in concrete situations.

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CRSound and competent work, which demonstrates a reasonable but not complete grasp of the subject matter. The work utilizes recall and paraphrases the work of others concerning the subject matter. Some basic level of critical analysis is evident.Originality in the work is rarely evident.

PWork that demonstrates a satisfactory engagement with the subject matter such that the student is said to have a general understanding of the field. Provides an adequate basis for further study.

NNDid not meet the learning objective of the subject.
SUBJECT RESOURCES

Prescribed Textbook (compulsory)

Ball, D. et al. (2009)International Business: The Challenge of Global Competition, 12th ed., McGraw-Hill Irwin, New York. ISBN-13: 9780073381404

References

Archibugi, D. and Iammarino, S. (2002) The globalization of technological innovation: definition and evidence, Review of International Political Economy, 9.

Czinkota, M. and Ronkainen, I. (2001)Best practices in international business, Harcourt College Publishers, Fort Worth.

Fagerberg, J. (1994) Technology and International Differences in Growth Rates,Journal of Economic Literature, 32.

Gupta, A.K., Govindarajan, V., Wang, H. (2008)The Quest for Global Dominance: Transforming Global Presence into Global Competitive Advantage, 2nd ed., Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

?Please note that additional recommended readings may be supplied by the lecturer via Blackboard.

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LECTURE SCHEDULE/SYLLABUS

Week

Topic

1

Introduction and overview of globalization

2

National differences in political-economy and culture

3

International business theory

4

Foreign direct investment and regional economic integration

5

Foreign exchange market and international monetary system

6

International competitive strategy

7

Organisational design and controlResearch Paper 1 DUE

8

Entry modes, export and import practises

9

International marketing research and marketing

10

Global operations and supply chain management

11

Human resources management

12

International accounting and financial management and Review

LectureResearch Paper 2 DUE

*Note: Students must consult the Academic Calendar for the dates of the Study and Examination Week in the trimester.

STUDENT ASSISTANCE

Studying in higher education presents many experiences and challenges. These might involve academic, personal and/or professional issues. At Holmes Institute, we have a range of people who can help you with various challenges. The following table identifies contact points should you require any support.

SUPPORT REQUIRED

WHO TO CONTACT

Information for Current Students

Holmes Institute Student Handbook:

Academic Probation / Mentoring

Academic Mentors, Associate Dean

Accommodation

Holmes Institute Home Stay

Computers, Blackboard, Email

IT Help Desk

Disability Needs

Holmes Institute Campus Directors

Employment and Careers

Career Development Team

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Enrolment

Higher Education Coordinator

Exams

Higher Education Coordinator

Financial Issues

Holmes Institute Campus Directors

Personal Issues

National Higher Education Program Manager, Mentoring Team

Proquest Database

Librarian on each Campus

Study Skills

Holmes Institute Academic Support & Study Skills Team

Visa Issues, COEs etc.

Higher Education Coordinator

This subject outline was prepared by the Course Development Team for the Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Higher Education, Holmes Institute. It was correct at the time of publication. Change to the Subject Outline may occur at any time. However, the Faculty of Higher Education endeavours to inform the students accordingly. This publication is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism, or review as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process or placed in computer memory without written permission. Enquires should be made to Holmes Institute Faculty of Higher Education. © Copyright 2010.

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